The DOG ON A LOG Books Phonics Progression is developed by my daughter’s reading tutor and myself based on the needs of my daughter, Janelle. Her tutor speaks of how each of her students learns so differently from each other and how she structures their programs to each child’s needs. 


Since I am making my books available to the general public, Janelle’s tutor and I discuss (sometimes at great length) how the progression will work for other students. If we feel we can change the progression to benefit as many students as possible while meeting Janelle’s needs, we do. For the most part, the phonics chosen for each step will provide the greatest increase in decodable words we believe is possible at that time.


Because children with dyslexia are individuals whose learning needs and progress can be very different, I fret that my books cannot meet the needs of each and every student. I doubt any program can meet the needs of every student without adapting the program for individual children. It is up to each child’s parents and teachers to find what progression works for their child. It is my hope that DOG ON A LOG Books will be able to make the reading journey with most kids. For some kids they will be able to start at Step 1 and go straight through to the end (whenever I get it written.) Other kids may need to take pauses on their DOG ON A LOG journey then come back when they are ready for the next DOG ON A LOG Step.


It gives me tremendous satisfaction when I hear that children are able to read DOG ON A LOG Books without the frustration they find in most other books. I hope my phonics progression works for as many learners as possible. 

DOG ON A LOG Books Phonics Progression
















DOG ON A LOG Pup Books 

Book 1

Phonological/Phonemic Awareness:

  • Words
  • Rhyming
  • Syllables, identification, blending, segmenting
  • Identifying individual letter sounds


Books 2-3

Phonemic Awareness/Phonics

  • Consonants, primary sounds
  • Short vowels
  • Blending
  • Introduction to sight words
  • Consonants: primary sounds
  • Short vowels
  • Blending
  • Introduction to sight words
  • The letters are introduced in the following groups:
  •    (a, s, m, f, t, n)
  •    (r, d, c, g)
  •    (o)
  •    (b, h, l, x)
  •    (i, p, k, j)
  •    (u, y, z, qu)
  •    (e, v, w)


DOG ON A LOG Books Phonics Progression (Scope and Sequence)

DOG ON A LOG Let’s GO! and Chapter Books

Step 1

  • Consonants, primary sounds
  • Short vowels
  • Digraphs: ch, sh, th, wh, ck
  • 2 and 3 sound words
  • Possessive ‘s


Step 2

  • Bonus letters (f, l, s, z after short vowel)
  • “all”
  • –s suffix


Step 3

  • ang, ing, ong, ung, ank, ink, onk, unk


Step 4

  • Consonant Blends to make 4 sound words
  • 3 and 4 sound words ending in –lk, -sk


Step 5

  • Digraph blend –nch to make 3 and 4 sound words
  • Silent e, including “-ke”


Step 6

  • ild, old, olt, ind, ost


Step 7 

  • 5 sounds in a closed syllable word plus suffix -s (crunch, slumps)
  • 3 letter blends and up to 6 sounds in a closed syllable word (script, spring)


Step 8

  • Two syllable words with 2 closed syllables, not blends (sunset, chicken, unlock)


Step 9

  • Two syllable words with all previously introduced sounds including blends, exception words, and silent “e” (blacksmith, kindness, inside)
  • Vowel digraphs: ai, ay, ea, ee, ie, oa, oe (rain, play, beach, tree, pie, goat, toe)


DOG ON A LOG Books Phonics Progression